2016 Full-Size Sedans for Tall Drivers

2016 Full-Size Sedans Cover

As the largest passenger car segment, full-size sedans should have plenty of room for you to stretch out in. Here we have a list of the interior dimensions of 2016 full-size sedans for tall drivers to use when shopping.

The vehicles listed below come from the “full-size car” category over at Good Car Bad Car. GCBC calls these vehicles a “dying breed,” and I’d like to discuss that after we get through the charts. So without further ado, here are the numbers.

2016 Full-Size Sedan Leg Room

Just a quick reminder that we’re measuring the overall leg room of the car, because there isn’t a standard on what position the front seat should be in when measuring. The average leg room for this segment is 81.8 inches.

2016 Full Size Sedan Leg Room

At 85.6 inches of total leg room, The Chevrolet Impala has over 3 inches more leg room than any other vehicle in this category. The Kia Cadenza, Hyundai Azera and Buick Lacrosse follow with just above 82 inches.

The Nissan Maxima offers tall drivers the least amount of overall leg room in the category, less than the Nissan Altima from the mid-size category.

2016 Full-Size Sedan Head Room

The average front head room for 2016’s full-size sedans is 39 inches.

2016 Full-Size Sedan Head Room

With 41.1 inches of head room, the 2016 Hyundai Genesis leads full-size sedans. The Kia Cadenza, Chevrolet Impala, and Nissan Maxima are all above average. The Hyundai Azera offers tall drivers the least amount of head room at 37.6 inches.

2016 Full-Size Sedan Hip Room

The average hip room for full-size sedans in 2016 is 55.63 inches.

2016 Full-Size Sedan Hip Room

With 57.2 inches of front hip room, the Chevrolet SS offers the most room in this category. The nearest competitors are  the Kia Cadenza, Ford Taurus, Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300. The narrowest vehicle you’ll find on the list is the Nissan Maxima at 54.2 inches.

The Big Picture

Let’s put all of those measurements together along with the MSRPs of the category. The average MSRP is $31,949.09, just a shade under $10,000 more than the average for 2016’s mid-size sedans.

2016 Full-Size Sedan Interior Dimensions and MSRP

In terms of size, roomier full-size cars for tall drivers would be the Chevrolet Impala, Hyundai Genesis, and Kia Cadenza. I’m a little biased towards more head room, and if that isn’t as important to you then I think you could make an argument for the Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300 and the Chevrolet SS.

When money is factored in, the Genesis, Impala, and Charger gain even more appeal. They hover near $27,000 to start, nearly $5,000 below average for the segment. The Impala is also tied with the Nissan Maxima for the best combined fuel economy of this selection with 25 mpg.

Mid-Size Vs Full-Size Cars

In calling full-size cars a “dying breed,” Good Car Bad Car notes that mid-size cars are just as spacious and less expensive. So let’s compare the averages from this post the 2016 mid-size sedans post to find out how the two segments compare:

Mid-Size Car Vs Full-Size Carm Dimensions

Mid-Size Car Vs Full-Size Car Data

The measurements for these two segments are virtually the same. The average MSRP gap, however, is $9,886.09. There are other factors that make the price difference more meaningful, but don’t make the assumption that mid-size cars are a downgrade size-wise.

If you’re a tall driver you should keep in mind that there may be a less expensive option to the full-size car you’ve been thinking about. Stop by my post on mid-size car dimensions to see some examples from 2016, such as the Hyundai Sonata and Ford Fusion.

Have you owned or driven any of the vehicles in this post? Let us all know about your experience in the comments!

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2 comments

  • Pastor Karl

    At 6-2, 315lbs with a long torso, I have trouble finding a good fit. Looking to replace my wife’s 04 Odyssey I find many cars with decent head and leg room position the seat so close to the door that my shoulder is rubbing the window or wrapped around the B-pillar when I have the seat back far enough. Sorento/Sante Fe have that problem. Cx-9 has such a wide console that the seating area gets too narrow. Nissan Rogue is marginal. My shoulder touches the window but I don’t have to lean to the center to close the door so it’s tolerable. Nissan Murano is better. Subaru Outback fits pretty good. The Forester has my shoulder touching the window.

    Minivans are usually my best choice. High, upright seating position. Plenty of shoulder and hip room. I can even wear a hat in most of them. Right now I’m leaning towards getting a new Sedona LX but need to drive the new Pacifica before I make up my mind.

  • Jeff K

    I ‘m still happy with the ex-Enterprise Impala LT2 that I bought in August, and still getting over 30 mpg on the highway.

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